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The Summer of Crud

The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.

Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists.

A deeply disturbing and psychological coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD explores the complexities of friendships, masculinity, sex, mental illness, and addiction, and shows how the quest to unlock one’s creativity can both inspire and destroy a person.

*THE SUMMER OF CRUD is the first book in a loosely linked trilogy with UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN as book two, and DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY as book three.

Important places

Crater Lake (2)
Yellowstone National Park (54)
Ames (7)
Denver (305)
Glacier National Park (29)
Las Vegas (540)
San Francisco (1,594)
Seattle (800)


Story (10)
San Francisco (1,690)
Clark (551)
Denver (307)
Park (54)
Klamath (9)
Flathead (33)
King (831)


Colorado (1,596)
Washington (1,134)
Nevada (857)
Wyoming (604)
Oregon (944)
Montana (730)
California (7,435)
Iowa (567)
Illinois (2,704)


United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Cascade Range (70)
Great Basin (USA) (130)
The Bay Area (313)
Rocky Mountains (370)
Coast Ranges (USA) (388)
Central Lowlands (North America) (1,334)
Southern California (2,840)
Upper Midwest (2,971)
Northern California (3,440)
West Coast (USA) (5,046)